A word after a word after a word is power.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely.
The desire to write grows with writing.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
Don't look back until you've written an entire draft.
Write while the heat is in you.
Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk-away from any open flames-to remind yourself that if you don't write daily, you will get rusty.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
I try to leave out the parts readers skip.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
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